Forget-me-nots: A History
These are my favorite and who knew how much history they have behind them?
- •So those little blue flowers with the yellow crown in the middle? Those are my favorite flowers
- •And they have some kinda neat stories behind them
- •ORIGIN STORY ONEGod was naming all the plants and flowers when one tiny unnamed flower called out "Forget me not, O Lord!" And God replied "That shall be your name"
- •ORIGIN STORY TWOThe Creator had just finished giving all the flowers their colors when he heard one small flower whisper "Forget me not!" Will he had left for colors was a very small light blue, but the flower was delighted with the color.
- •FUN FACTHenry IV adopted the flower as his symbol during his exile in 1398. When he returned to England the following year he retained it as his symbol.
- •FUN FACTIn medieval times, forget me nots represented steadfastness and love. Legend has it that in medieval times, a knight and his lady were walking along the side of a river. He picked a posy of flowers, but because of the weight of his armour he fell into the river. As he was drowning he threw the posy to his loved one and shouted "forget me not".
- •FUN FACTIt's past meaning of fidelity may stem from its color blue (pun completely intended)
- •FUN FACTIn Canada, the flower was as a tribute to fallen members the armed forces until the poppy picked up in popularity. In Germany, it meant to help people remember to take care of the poor, and then during World War Two Masons used in the Nazi regime to avoid being singled out. Last year, it was the official flower used to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
- •FUN FACTForget-me-nots are the state flower of Alaska
- •JUST A FACTForget-me-nots are beautiful and they belong in every garden everywhere for the rest of time